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South African SMME Access to Finance Report 2018
The report analyses a unique data set, provided by Finfind, of SMME funders and SMMEs seeking finance. It was sponsored by the SA SME Fund and identifies access to finances challenges, gaps and potential solutions. The Finfind 2017 cleaned data sample of 11 033 SMME funding requests is larger than the South African GEM report and is one of the...
CEB Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C., July 11, 2018 – The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million...
Fintechs Wanted: Invitation to the Fintech Marketplace at the MFC-EMN Annual Conference
Fintech companies and tech providers working in the field of innovative solutions for financial institutions are invited to participate in the Fintech Marketplace during the MFC-EMN Annual Conference . The Fintech Marketplace will provide an opportunity to present its business and services and facilitate networking with financial institutions,...
Alitheia Capital's Tokunboh Ishmael Starts a Fund for Africa's Women Entrepreneurs
Startups founded by women receive less than 50 percent of investment funds than those founded by men, even though women are achieving 10 percent higher profits, according to Boston Consultant Group. Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Alitheia Identity, an investment management and advisory firm focused on channeling private equity investments into...
Member News: StanChart Eyes SMEs Loans with Asia Tour
SME customers of Standard Chartered Bank, a SME Finance Forum member, will explore Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand on a 10-tour. The tour sponsored by StanChart in partnership with Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and Strathmore Business School will target SMEs with a minimum annual turnover of Sh10...
Member News: Mastercard And Strands Collaborate To Empower SME Banking With AI And Cutting-edge Payment Technology
Mastercard is partnering with fintech startup, Strands Finance to offer issuing banks digital cash management tools aimed at SME customers. Strands will tap into Mastercard’s BFM (business financial management) offering, which helps small firms manage accounts payables, receivables, budges and provisions. “SMEs are the backbone of the global...
Report: What SMEs Can Expect in 2018
A report by Wylde International indicated that about 68 percent of SMEs in Kenya lacked access to finance due to interest rates capping. This cap was the second largest problem SMEs faced in 2017. “Only 14 percent of SMEs increased revenue above 25 percent,” according to the report. Kenyan banks have turned to external funding to alleviate the...
Survey Says Indian Women Spend Twice as Much as Men on Cryptocurrency
BuyUcoin, an Indian cryptocurrency exchange, has found that female Indian investors, on average, invested over Rs1.4 lakh (around $2,000) on digital currencies—twice the amount that men typically spent. The survey, conducted between March and June, had over 60,000 respondents.
EBA Report on the Impact of FinTech on Incumbent Credit Institutions' Business Models
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published the first products of its FinTech Roadmap, namely (i) a thematic report on the impact of FinTech on incumbent credit institutions' business models and (ii) a thematic report on the prudential risks and opportunities arising for institutions from FinTech. Both reports fall under the wider context of...
EBA Report on the Prudential Risks and Opportunities Arising for Institutions from FinTech
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published the first products of its FinTech Roadmap, namely (i) a thematic report on the impact of FinTech on incumbent credit institutions' business models and (ii) a thematic report on the prudential risks and opportunities arising for institutions from FinTech. Both reports fall under the wider context of...